1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" Back

Sold For: $111,625

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 4

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Presented is an extraordinary example of one of card collecting's most legendary rarities: The T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back. This is one of only approximately twelve examples known to exist. This is without question one of the finest examples of this legendary card in existence. Because so few Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back cards exist, it is easy to look up images of other known examples, almost all of which have been sold at auction over the years. This card, in all of the many ways that we believe are most important to collectors in assessing this important rarity, is far superior to almost all. Granted, it has a crease, and this has knocked the technical grade by SGC down to "GOOD," but the card is gorgeous! It is bright and clean, with no dirt or smudges or writing (all flaws that affect other examples), and even the crease does not have a great impact on the front of the card as it is across his chest near the bottom of the card, far away from the bold, crisp portrait. It has even less impact on the reverse which, as can easily be seen, is simply extraordinary in all respects, and this extremely desirable quality is of course of monumental significance on an ideal Ty Cobb card with "Ty Cobb" Tobacco back. This example has one of the few great "Ty Cobb" Tobacco card backs.

While a T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back is one of tobacco-card collecting's greatest prizes in any grade (and most are in low grade), this is an particularly attractive card that stands out as far better than almost all of the few known examples. It has a little wear to the corners, bright colors, virtually flawless registration, and exceptional centering. There are two creases on the lower portion of the card (one is very light) and a tiny print mark to the left of Cobb's cheek, neither of which affect the outstanding eye-appeal this card displays. The reverse has a few tiny pin point tobacco stains, but otherwise is extremely clean with bold green printing, which is ideal for this back rarity. Exactly how these cards were distributed has always remained one of the great mysteries of the card-collecting world. The T206 set is the premier set of the era and the single most significant and widely collected of all baseball-card sets. The T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back card is, of course, actually considerably rarer than the famous Honus Wagner card from the same set (approximately sixty T206 Honus Wagners are known to exist as compared to approximately twelve Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back examples). A strong case can be made that the T206 Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" back should be assigned its own catalog number as a "one-card set," but due to its great similarity to the T206 series, this card has always been considered a T206. This is an exceptional example, one of the finest in existence of one of card collecting's most significant rarities, with tremendous eye-appeal. Auction records for other examples exceed $60,000. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $25,000++. SOLD FOR $111,625

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